"Bullets for Brains" as written by Alan Griffiths and Roland Orzabal....
Well I saw you weeping
One hand on the bible
As I sent your soul to Kingdom Come
Ready to be born again

Well one man sees a wasteland
Another man sees a rainbow
It came to this, the atheists
Got bullets for their brains

Like a goodbye kiss
But then I
I'm putting up a peace-sign
Putting up a peace-sign

Pulling down a peace-sign
Well I believe in angels
They move like a secret army
And they help me blow the atheists sky high

I can't sit still for too long
I'm losing all my patience
I got myself a rocket ship
To make me hip

To take me to the moon
When I lose my grip
I said I
I'm putting up a peace-sign

Putting up a peace-sign
Pulling down a peace-sign
One day, one day in your life
You will see the light

You will see his face again
One day, one day at a time
Soothes the weary mind
You will feel no pain

Bullets for your brain
(I live a very modest life - I'm happy with it)
Hey now, read my lips
Bullets for the brains of the atheists.


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"Bullets for Brains" as written by Roland Orzabal Alan Griffiths

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    General CommentI've always read it as a scathing, sarcastic take on religious fanatics. This is one of the best solo songs Roland has done yet, and that includes his 90's TFF output.
    Donyoguyon June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes this song honestly glorify religion, or is it sarcastic? Roland used to put down blind faith in the unknown in his older songs, but I read an interview where he claims that "faith" is an important and necessary element in his life, and I wasn't sure whether he meant religious or otherwise.

    Anyone?
    coryoonon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've read comments by Roland that indicate he doesn't like to write straightforward songs that are easily taken at face value, so I'm gonna go with sarcasm on this one. Given his body of work as a whole, I doubt this track is meant to be taken literally.
    aventurineon March 22, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it is a clever set of lyrics. About religion, its ability to polarize people to be fanatical, on any extreme. My favorite part of the lyrics is about the rocket ship,,,, to make me hip,,,,, and take me to the moon when i lose my grip....

    so yes, it has a sarcastic bent to it.
    TimTheSurvivoron March 25, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song title itself is in reference to the western world (USA) , their way of thinking and ultimately the outcome of that thinking ... "Bullets For Brains". Throughout much of the middle east, the USA is thought of as a godless country ("the atheists") The "Hey now, read my lips" could be a reference to George Bush Sr. The 1st three verses could be the lyrics of the west, while the next 3 verses could be the perspective and lyrics of the middle east. The last 3 are what could be shared lyrics of both sides, a common, tragic and final outcome.
    guesshooon July 24, 2016   Link

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